USDA Loan

What Is a USDA Mortgage Loan

The USDA Loan program offers a home buyer the chance to purchase a home in a rural or suburban area with up to 100% financing as sponsored by the USDA or United States Department of Agriculture.

Learning About the USDA Home Loan

The USDA Home Loan is a type of mortgage loan that is offered by the United States Department of Agriculture to people who own property in the rural areas.

Types of Loans

Guaranteed Loan

Applicants for the loan can have an income of up to 115% of the median income of the given neighborhood. The people eligible for this loan should be the ones that can afford the payments, insurance, and taxes but don’t have a house. They should also have good credit histories and the house should be within the area that is decided by the USDA RD Home Loan. These loans require a 2.75% mortgage insurance of the purchase price. The premium is divided by twelve to determine the monthly amount.

Direct Loan

The funds for this loan can be used to repair or renovate a loan. The applicants eligible for this loan should have low monthly income.

Rural Repair and Rehabilitation Loan

This loan caters to people from low socio economic backgrounds, so that they can repair their house to stay away from safety hazards. In order to be eligible for this loan, you should be unable to get credit from other areas. This is only available for people aged 62 years or older than that.

Mutual Self-Help USDA Loans

This loan is for people who are unable to purchase clean homes or build their own homes. In order to be eligible, the participants should have a monthly income that is 80% less than the area’s median income. The total term of the loan is up to 38 years but you can get it shortened on the basis of your income.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use the loan to make energy efficient improvements?

Yes, you may use the loan to make your home energy efficient. This includes installing solar panels, windows, and roofing.

  • Can I use the loan to make my home accessible to disabled people?

Yes, you can do so to install equipment for people with disabilities.

  • What does it mean that the loans are guaranteed?

It means that the federal government has insured these loans, and you can be more confident about them. This loan is approved by the FDA, but USDA is the one that guarantees the loan.

  • Am I eligible as a first time home buyer?

Yes, you are eligible as there are no restrictions.

  • What is the maximum amount that I can borrow?

You can borrow up to $417,000.

 

  • What are the closing costs for this loan?

The closing costs vary by the location and the lender

 

  • Are the mortgage rates good?

The mortgage rates are lower than conventional rates; comparatively, it is a good deal.

 

  • How can I see if my home is eligible for the USDA loan?

In order to be eligible, you have to make sure that your house is located in a rural area. You should know that 97% of the areas are eligible for this loan, and only 3% are not eligible.

  • Howe can I know if my area is eligible?

Please refer to the website of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and enter your exact address.

  • What are the down payment requirements?

There are no down payment requirements and that is the best part about this loan because it allows you to finance completely with a USDA loan.

  • What are the Mortgage Insurance Requirements?

You will have to pay the mortgage insurance that in 1% of the upfront fee that you can add to your balance at the time of closing.

  • What are the minimum credit requirements?

There are no minimum credit requirements for the USDA loan. You just need to have a credit score of 620 in order to be eligible.

  • Can I use the FDA in order to invest in a property?

No, because the USDA loan is only for primary residence.

  • Where can I find a lender?

Check out the website of U.S. Department of Agriculture, because it has a list of lenders that are associated with the Rural Housing Program.